The Decade of Neglect

Date Published: 07/05/2010

Greek Orthodox Christians of Chicago for Truth and Reform

The Lost Decade

On January 12, 1999, the five Metropolitans who were then serving the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America authored a “Report” to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy and Sacred Synod of Constantinople. It was published in The National Herald of New York in Greek (January 16-17, 1999) and in English (January 23-24, 2009).

The five Metropolitans authoring this report at that time were Iakovos of Krinis (Chicago), Anthony of Dardanellion (San Francisco), Maximos of Ainou (Pittsburgh), Methodios of Aeno (Boston) and Isiah of Proikonisou (Denver).

The report focused on the controversies created by then Archbishop Spyridon and his administration of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. A number of interesting questions were asked of the then Archbishop: “(8) Is he able to cease the division of the block into Greeks and Americans, or otherwise into first and second categories of Christians?” and “(15) Is he able to heal the division existing among both the clergy and the laity, which is due to the so-called